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Skateboarding Made Simple

You can learn to skateboard and do skateboarding tricks!

My name is Aaron Kyro and I have been skateboarding for over 20 years. Over that time I have been sponsored by some of the world’s largest skateboarding brands including Volcom, Real, Thunder, Bones wheels, Swiss Bearings, and Circa shoes! I currently ride pro for ReVive Skateboards.

Braille Skateboarding was started to help everyone learn how to skateboard. With our free tutorials and our full skateboarding lesson plan, Skateboarding Made Simple, you can be a great skateboarder!

Braille has a YouTube channel with over 2.5 million subscribers. The core of our channel is skateboarding content and tutorials.

Here at Braille we want everyone to feel like they can progress on their board and learn to skate!

I have been teaching people of all ages how to skateboard for the past several years and have found many things in common amongst new skaters.

I know what skaters run into that cause them to not be able to land an ollie, kickflip, heelflip, or any other trick, get frustrated and give up.

Skateboarding does require practice and work and you don’t just wake up one morning and can land 360 flips everytime. It is also true that there is an exact correct gradient to learning all of the tricks and exact ways to do each and every trick there is.

In Skateboarding Made Simple I unlock the secrets behind how the pros learn tricks and master them before going on to do them down stairs or on a rail.

Aaron Kyro

I break down each trick into all of its parts so each step can be practiced separately  before going on to learning the whole trick. Using this method you can learn to land any trick everytime!

If you practice the correct steps of the trick, you will build up to being able to do the whole trick fully!

If you can’t figure out how to do kickflips everytime because you can only catch it with one foot or you can’t figure out why when you do pop shove its your board flips on you THIS VIDEO IS FOR YOU!

It is very important to start off on the right foot with learning any new skill or sport.

This video gives you the proper steps to starting out your skating THE RIGHT WAY!

The tricks covered in the video are:

  • Riding basics which includes pushing, turning, and stopping
  • Ollies
  • Frontside 180s
  • Backside 180s
  • Pop shove its
  • Frontside pop shove its
  • Heelflips
  • Kickflips

The best thing about Skateboarding Made Simple is it teaches you an exact method of learning any skateboarding trick. Once you master this method you will be able to teach yourself anything in skateboarding.

Summary of the points covered in Skateboarding Made Simple:


What other skaters have said about Skateboarding Made Simple

“Skateboarding Made Simple is by far the best guide to skateboarding basics ever! I learned kickflips and heelflips in about 2 hours, cleaned up my pop shuvits, and am close to back 180s thanks to you!”

“Wow! I really like how you composed this learning video because you actually learn. You have a smooth way of teaching that makes it easy to understand. I just wish this exsisted when i was first learning how to skate. Best how to video ill be sure to recommend it”

“I love this video because you actually TELL us how to do the tricks. I hate when it’s like, “pop it, flick it, and land it.” the little details are oh so important!”

“Whoa! this video is awesome and very helpfull !! Thanks so much!”

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So don’t waste hundreds of dollars on lessons when you can get one video and learn all of the basic skateboard tricks without leaving your driveway. Only 6.99 to learn how to properly ride your board and master the most important 7 tricks on a skateboard is an amazing deal.

If you are not satisfied with the purchase just email shop@brailleskateboarding.com and I will refund you the full video price! I am so sure that you will love the video that I will give you your money back if you don’t! So take the risk free offer and get the video today and get on your way to GOING PRO!

Results with Skateboarding Made Simple

Length: 50 Min 00 Sec
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Kickflip Tutorial

Are you ready for Kickflips?

I don’t know how many times we have seen the very first trick someone tries to learn be the kickflip. This will set you up for failure. It is VERY important to learn tricks in an order of progression. This is what makes Skateboarding Made Simple so effective. It lays all the practice steps out in an exact sequence of progression so you are always improving.

That being said, the kickflip is one of the coolest and most fun tricks there is, so it’s understandable that everyone wants to learn it first!

The first thing to know about this trick is the foot position is very, very important.  

Your back foot is going to want to be in the center of the tail standing on the balls of your foot.  Your front foot is going to want to be behind the bolts at about a 45 degree angle. It is important to get your feet into that position and then start practicing the flick.  

The flick is key. For this, you can just bend your knees and practice sliding your foot up the board and off.  You want to flick off the front side of your shoe and off the corner of the nose. This is by far the most important detail of the Kickfiip.  

One detail that is often missed is people tend to think you flick down with your foot but in reality you want your foot to flick off the front corner of the nose up and out, not down.

To get comfortable with this you can practice flipping the board and then stepping off with your back foot and trying to catch it with your front foot.  This will get your comfortable with the motion of the flip and the timing of it.

Once you have this down try it again but this time, once you pop proceed to bend your back leg and let the board flip under you.

Wait for the board to flip all the way around and catch it once you see the griptape.

Land with your knees bent and roll away.

This will probably take a bit of practice but stick with it and you will get it!

For the full tutorial that will teach you all the exact practice steps for learning the Kickflip get Skateboarding Made Simple.

360 Flip Definition

360 Kickflip, or 360 Flips, are achieved by combining the 360 Shove-it and Kickflip as one spin/flip trick. *AKA as 3-Flips, Tre-Flips, Trè, etc.

360 Flip Tutorial

Backside Bigspin definition

Backside Bigspins are achieved by combining the Backside 180 and 360 Shove It as one spin trick.

Backside Bigspin Tutorial

Backside 180 Heelflip Definition

Backside 180 Heelflips are acheived by combining the BS 180 and Heelflip as one spin/flip trick.

Backside 180 Heelflip Tutorial

Backside 180 Kickflips Definition

Backside 180 Kickflips are acheived by combining the BS 180 and Kickflip as one spin/flip trick.

Backside 180 Kickflips Tutorial

Heelflip Tutorial

Onto Flip Tricks!

I hope you have been having fun progressing on your board! Don’t worry if you are still on Basic Riding or learning your Ollie. The more time you spend on the fundamentals of skateboarding and just getting really good at simple riding, the better.

The Heelflip can be difficult and it may be easier to learn kickflips first, but if you are ready to tackle heelflips, here is some basic information to get you going!

The foot position for the Heelflip is your front foot about the same distance up the board as an Ollie or Kickflip but instead you are going to have your toes hanging off the board. Your back foot is going to want to be in the pocket of your tail closer to the side your heel is and you are going to want to stand on the balls of your foot.

Before you learn Heelflips I would recommend learning to Ollie, Frontside 180, Backside 180, Front and Back Shove It.  It is definitely possible to learn how to Heelflip before that, but I feel if you have those down it will improve your board control and make this trick easier to land.

To start learning to get Heelflips down, pop your board on the ground but don’t jump, just stand on the tail so your board is standing up and drag your foot up the board and off the side to practice the motion of the Heelflip. Practice that a bunch of times to get comfortable.  

The next practice step is stepping off with your back foot. The reason is we are just going to be practicing getting the rotation of the Heelflip with the board so we can get comfortable with the board flipping.  One of the common problems with the Heelflip is the board goes behind you. If this happens you are going to want to be leaning back slightly toward your heels.


  1. Back foot in the pocket of the tail and your front foot with the toes slightly hanging off the side of the board.
  2. Practice the flick of the Heelflip.
  3. Start popping and doing the Heelflip but letting your back foot come off.
  4. Start trying to land the Heelflip, allowing the board to flip all the way around and then catching the board with your feet.
  5. Land with your knees slightly bent.
  6. Roll away.

Congratulations you have just learned the Heelflip!

At BrailleSkateboarding.com we have everything you need to help you progress. Our full tutorial Skateboarding Made Simple is a unique approach to learning to skate created by expert instructor Aaron Kyro. The full lesson plan Volume 1-7 will take you from beginning to advanced skating!

Pop Shove It Tutorial

The secret of the pop

Today we are going to be covering the Shove It with no pop and the Shove It with pop.

Every trick has a secret and the secret to learning this trick is the Shove It with no pop.

So the foot position for the Shove It, is your back foot with the toes slightly off the edge of the tail. Your front foot wants to be flat on the board right behind the bolts wherever it feels most comfortable.

You are going to want to jump ever so slightly and scoop straight back with your back foot to make the board shove. So for just the Shove It with no pop the tail isn’t going to hit the ground, there is no pop for this trick.  Your front foot is really the point of control and you can use it to guide the shove. A way to practice this is do the Shove It and land on it with your front foot only. This will get you used to seeing and feeling the board do the Shove It.  When you feel comfortable you can start trying to land on the board with both feet.

Once you have the Shove It down, it’s time to learn it with POP!

This is really the same trick except you are pushing the tail all the way down to pop and the board will go higher so you will have to jump a little higher. With your back foot you can pop the Shove It, and to get comfortable again landing on the board with only your front foot.

Once you get comfortable with that you can bend your back knee while in the air, control your board to land with your front foot and then extend your back foot down for the landing.

Shove Its are one of the more simple tricks but it is important to follow the steps from learning the Shove with no pop and then learning the Pop Shove It.

Don’t worry if you don’t get it first try, just keep working on it and I promise you will get it!

For the full comprehensive tutorial including everything you need to become a great skateboarder, get Skateboarding Made Simple Volumes 1-7!! Available as a digital download and on DVD.

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Backside 180 Tutorial

Today I am going to teach you how to Backside 180!

The Backside 180 is one of those tricks that tends to come difficult to most people, but hopefully with this video and article it will become easier.

For the foot position, your back foot is going to want to be directly in the middle of the tail of your board to make sure you can pop a solid ollie because this trick is essentially just a 180 and an Ollie.

Your front foot is going to want to be about halfway up the board or between the middle of the board and the bolts.

One secret to this trick is you are going to want to turn your shoulders and head as you are dragging your foot up for the Ollie.

The trick is you are going to turn your head and shoulders as you are popping your board so by the time your tail hits the ground your head and shoulders have already started turning. Hopefully the timing is making sense.

If you are doing it right by the time you are getting your Ollie about halfway you should be about 90 degrees.

So to recap you are going to want to:

  1. Feet in ollie position.
  2. Bend down and as you start to pop, start turning your shoulders and head.
  3. Pop the board and as you push your front foot forward to the ollie, flatten the board and you should be at about 90 degrees in the air.
  4. Do the other 90 degrees.
  5. Land with your knees bent.
  6. Roll away!

I hope you are having fun progressing in your skating!! At BrailleSkateboarding.com we have tons of resources for you so you always keep progressing. Skateboarding Made Simple is our complete lesson plan that was designed to always keep you progressing by giving you the exact practice steps in the exact sequence designed for progression.

I highly recommend the Ultimate Beginner’s Package for everything you need to get progressing!

The Frontside 180


Frontside 180s are one of the most basic tricks and one of the first tricks you can learn.  

One thing to think about with this trick is you are going to be landing switch (riding with a different foot forward) so it is helpful to get comfortable riding around switch so that when you land you will be able to be comfortable rolling away. You don’t have to be able to bomb a hill or anything switch, but just be comfortable riding around.

The foot position for a front 180 is the back foot right in the center of the tail and the front foot right behind the bolts. This trick is very similar to the ollie.

One common mistake is people think that you just need to do an ollie and then switch your feet around. This will make things way more difficult and usually does not work out.

What you are going to want to do is turn your head and your shoulders while doing an Ollie. This is the biggest key. If you are going to get anything out of this tutorial it is this, you want you pop your ollie and turn your head and shoulders.

Here are the steps:

  1. RIde
  2. Crouch down
  3. Begin popping up as you’re turning your head and shoulders
  4. Pop up into the ollie position
  5. Bring it down and land with your knees bent
  6. Ride away switch


This is an awesome trick to start to do over obstacles because this trick is essentially just like an Ollie. If you can Ollie over something, most times you can 180 it!

We are really pumped to see that so many of you guys are learning how to skate and we want the best tips for you guys. If you’d like some tips for skating definitely check out Skateboarding Made Simple, I put my heart and soul into this video and I promise it will make learning how to skate easier!

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Persistence in Skateboarding

The other day I was at the skatepark and decided, “Before I leave I am going to do a Kickflip Manual to Tre Flip out.”. After 20 times of trying to land this trick I thought to myself, “Why haven’t I landed it yet?”. I had landed this trick before, matter of fact, I had landed this trick a bunch of times.  why couldn’t I land it now?

This got me thinking about how in skateboarding, persistence is key.

Persistence means that you are going to keep trying no matter what comes up. It doesn’t matter if you fall, it doesn’t matter if you get tired. It doesn’t matter what happens, you keep at it and don’t give up.

Aaron Kyro

That is a really cool part about skateboarding. It teaches us to keep working at what we set out to do and no matter what happens stick with it until we do it.

If you ask a good skateboarder how they got good, they didn’t just wake up one day and were good. Their skill came from persisting for a long time, try after try, months and months or years and years of work. They never gave up! That is the key.

If you learn how to persist through anything, it will not only help you with skateboarding but it will also carry over into other aspects of your life.

That is one of the reasons why skateboarding is such an awesome sport.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this video and moral of the story is- Don’t give up!

If you are ready to really progress with your skateboarding, get Skateboarding Made Simple Volumes 1-7. It will give you all the tutorials you need in exact detail so you are always progressing. It will give you the exact order to learn your tricks in with exact practice steps. Once you have the exact practice steps you are always making improvements. This allows you to keep feeling motivated and thus never give up!

Never Give Up!!

How to Ollie Tutorial

An ollie is one of the most fundamental skateboarding tricks that many future tricks are built on. It actually took Aaron Kyro 6 months to finally get his ollie high enough to get it over a garden hose! Don’t be discouraged if you have been working on it a while and can’t seem to get your board off the ground.

The key is breaking the trick down and working on each step over and over until your muscle memory just clicks in.

A quick first step you can take is starting your with your back wheels in a crack in the sidewalk. This will help you from slipping and just make it easier to focus on getting the Ollie down and not worry about the balance as much.

You are going to need to know the foot positioning. Your back foot is going to want to be in the center of the tail and your front foot is going to want to be about halfway up the board, pretty close to the center at a perpendicular angle.  When you pop the board you are going to want to push straight down with your back foot, straight down towards the ground. Practice that a bunch of times to get the feeling down.

The next step that a lot of people get wrong is dragging your foot up. Sometimes beginners think that your toes are dragging when in reality, it is supposed to be the outside-center of your foot. So you pop, turn your front foot ninety degrees and then slide your front foot forward towards the nose of the board and jump.

Lastly you want to push the board forward slightly and lift your back foot up off the ground while pushing your front foot down to level out your feet.

You can practice these steps individually until you feel comfortable with the motions. Once you are comfortable you can work on putting them all together but the key is PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!

Ollies can be the hardest trick to learn for beginners but if you practice the steps you CAN master it!

For the full break down on exactly how to ollie with all the practice steps, get Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1. This is an incredibly detailed lesson plan that will always keep you progressing and getting better on your skateboard!!